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Academy programme shows no signs of slowing down

12 August 2011

With the anniversary of the “converter” academy fast approaching, the Department for Education has recently published the August figures for academy converters and the programme is showing no sign of slowing down. As of 1 August 2011, there are 1,070 academies open in England, with 269 opening in the last month.

Those schools fortunate to meet the 1 August deadline were able to benefit from the 10% cap on the Local Authority Central Spend Equivalent Grant and this to some extent explains the steep rise in converters. However, with the programme now open to all schools and special schools being able to convert from 1 September the number of conversions is likely to remain high.

The educational landscape has changed significantly in the academic year of 2010/2011 and with the extension of the academies programme that transformation is set to continue.

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